What are Fossils?

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The word fossil is a derivative from the Latin word “fossilis” which means “dug up”. Fossils are the remains of ancient animals and plants from either aquatic environments like oceans, lakes and rivers or terrestrial environments such as forests, deserts or in a tropical setting. What is a fossil? Simply put, a fossil is the remains or evidence of any creature or plant that once lived on the Earth. These imprints, impressions or actual remains of living things from past geologic ages give us a unique insight into how they looked, and what type of paleo-environment (ancient environment) they existed and in some instances how they lived. Fossils have been found on every continent on Earth including Antarctica! New discoveries are being made every day. New species of dinosaurs, insects, sea creatures and flying reptiles that flew ancient skies are being discovered almost routinely throughout the world almost every day. However we do understand that it takes a very long time to remove a creature from its final resting place, preserve, transport, study and finally and officially report what was found to the public. When speaking about fossils we must incorporate the concept of time.

To learn more see:
How fossils are formed
Where to find Fossils
Fossils And Geology